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Compare Wilfred Owens "Dulce et decorum est" and Rupert Brooke's "Peace".

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John Leigh Compare Wilfred Owens "Dulce et decorum est" and Rupert Brooke's "Peace" The two poems "peace" and "dulce et decorum est" are two poems about the First World War, but they show two different views of the war. Rupert brooks "peace" poem is highly patriotic and displays a positive feeling about the war, Wilfred Owens "dulce et decorum est" highlights a very different view, a view of disgust, a view of the true horrors of the war. the poem seems re-open some of Owens wounds, revives memories he has from the war, memories that will be with him forever. Brookes on the other hand, had no first hand experience of the war. The title for both of the poems is highly ironic, "dulce et decorum est" means "it is sweet and honourable to die for your country", the actual poem totally disagrees with that statement, it is not sweet and honourable to die for your country. The title of "Peace" for the Brooke's poem is ironic due to the fact that it informs you the poem is about peace, it is in fact, about war. ...read more.

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Then, for the last 4 lines Owen states: "My friend you would not tell with such high zest" "To children ardent for some desperate glory," "The old lie: Dulce et decorum est "Pro patria mori" The final line is the most interesting, translated into modern day English it means, "it is sweet and honourable to die for your country". Perhaps it is honourable to die for your country, but sweet? The final 4 lines are warning you that children should not be told this, it is not right, it is not How things should be done, it is a lie. War is to be avoided, men are nothing but scum in war, senses of compassion are lost and men, de-humanised. The Brooke poem, "peace" is about what happens to the world if there is no war. With out war, the world is asleep, we are dirty, and only war can cleanse us. Out youth are woken by war, "And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping". Everyone should attend war, nothing can be lost, nothing, except an human body, the soul is left intact, and then you may join god in his kingdom of heaven. ...read more.

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Dulce et decorum est has the men "as under a green sea, I saw him drowning" you cannot drown in gas, you suffocate, and the gas being described as a sea of gas. In peace the water reference is "to turn, and swimmers into cleanness leaping", give you the picture of men diving into water and sighing a breath of relief as they feel their crimes and sins lifted from them. And so, I draw my conclusion. The two poems are the two different views it is possible to have on the war, dulce de decorum est argues the war is terrible, whereas Peace argues that it is a good thing, and needed for life to continue. Can we judge as to which one is correct? I don't think that is possible, although at times, Brookes view seems a little innocent, and he lacks real experience of the war, unlike Owen. I feel we must turn to Owens poem as the answer, no one should have to experience what men on the front line experienced, and everything should be done to prevent war, it does not bring people back to life, it de-humanises and destroys them. ...read more.

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